Among the deputies to the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly elected last year is an ordinary street cleaner.
She is Jo Kil Nyo, leader of the Saemaul workteam of the road facilities management station of Phyongchon District, Pyongyang.
She had a strong motive for becoming a street cleaner.
Pyongyang citizens were supplied with a variety of household goods on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea on October 10 2000.
“At that time, housewives in the area of Kansong-dong where I lived pledged themselves to do something for the country, though little. So we volunteered as street cleaners and wrote a letter to Chairman Kim Jong Il to express our resolve to do the job,” said Jo.
The Chairman saw their letter and sent a reply to them.
Over the past 20 years since then Jo and her workteam have tended the section in their charge covering tens of thousands of square metres and worked hard to keep the oath they had taken that day.
They made solar-powered road cleaner and rubbish car for road maintenance by themselves by referring to technical books and invented various tools and other equipment. As they are designed to work efficiently without using oil, these machines were highly appreciated at the national science and technology presentation and introduced into other road facilities management stations in the city.
Jo Kil Nyo was elected deputy to the district people’s assembly and then to the Supreme People’s Assembly and has become a meritorious person of socialist patriotism. Many of her workteam members were honoured with high degrees of state decorations.
When it rains or snows, or the wind blows hard, the people find warm and cosy places first. But the street cleaners have to work on the street in all weathers and go to work earlier than others.
Though they usually leave home at dawn, the workteam members do not say they have a very difficult job. Rather, they think their efforts are connected with the beautiful life in the capital city.
For them, the happiest moment is when they see the people come and go along the roads they clean everyday with smiles on their faces, they say.